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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels    Thursday February 28,1985 Herald-Zeituns New Braunfels, Texas    Vol.    94    -    No.    43 25 Cents 16 Pages Pharris MVP in 27-3A —Details in Sports 410    M053    10/22/85    235 MICROPLEX INC. MITCH WOMBLE P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS* TX 75245Sollberger files for City Council District 3Port trial jury due Saturday By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Jury selection in the David Port murder trial has been progressing at a snail’s pace since Monday. But the minimum of 32 prospective jurors was reached late Wednesday. Reaching the minimum doesn’t mean the job’s over, though. District Judge I D. McMaster said he would like to have a panel of at least 50 to make final selections from on Saturday. That’s why McMaster, prosecutor Mary Milloy and defense attorney Jack Zimmermann will continue to question prospective jurors today, hoping to finish with the first batch .summoned Monday and Tuesday. The second group, summoned Wednesday, was told to report to the Courthouse Friday morning. Those who qualified Wednesday were asked to report at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for the final jury selection of 12 Comal County residents. ‘ With any luck, we will have a panel ready to go and start final jury selection on .Saturday,” McMaster said Wednesday. Only 16 potential jurors were questioned about exposure to publicity on the case Wednesday. Six of those were excused because they already had concluded Port’s guilt based (rn what they knew or various other reasons, while IO were qualified on the publicity question only. Those IO added to the 22 who qualified on publicity on Monday and Tuesday gave the prosecution and defense attorneys the minimum 32 prospective jurors required by law. But both sides are then allowed to strike (disqualify) IO persons they do not want on the panel. Port, 18, is charged with murder in the June 7 shooting of Houston mail carrier Debora Sue Schatz, 23 His trial was moved to New Braunfels on a change of venue last December because of extensive publicity there (Mi the carrier’s death and on the refusal of Port’s parent to testify before a Harris County Grand Jury. That extensive publicity has caused the one-by-one questioning of prospective jurors on what they've read, seen or heard about the case. Once the panel of 12 is chosen, its members will likely be sequestered or the length of the trial. McMaster has estimated that could mean “lots of togetherness” for two to three weeks — maybe four. By DANA STELL Staff writer A fourth person has entered the race for two seats on City Council, as F. DarreD Sollberger filed Wednesday for District 3. He will face local dentist Edward Sciantarelli in that race. Sollberger, a certified public accountant and a licensed securities broker, said growth is inevitable, but should be controlled. “At the risk of being trite, I’m interested, as all New Braunfels residents are, in maintaining the quality of life here,” Sollberger said. “That’s a difficult task because of the inevitable growth.” The candidate pointed out that one benefit of growth is the increase in jobs it provides for the youth of today. In order to deal with growth, Sollberger said, he is in favor of “participatory democracy,” where the issues the city is faced with may be solved with public referendum. Sollberger said some of the issues important to him are water, attraction of winter visitors and conventions, and disposal of sewage. “I would say that I am interested in looking very closely at the winter tourist trade,” he said. Regarding this week’s Council decision raising the hotel-motel room tax, Sollberger said he believed a “compromise might have been reached at perhaps 5 percent rather than 6 percent. It seemed the operators were asking for a little bit of help this year after Pan Am hit by strike NEW YORK (AP) — Picket lines went up from Miami to Honolulu today as transport union workers struck Pan American World Airways, virtually shutting down the financially troubled carrier’s domestic service and severely curtailing its overseas flights. “I think it is going to be a long strike,” said Transport Workers Union airline division director John Kerrigan, who announced the strike of 5,753 mechanics, baggage handlers, flight dispatchers and food service workers at 12:35 a.m. EST. Picket lines immediately went up at airports in Miami, Ixis Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu. Kerrigan said Pan Am pilots — who settled their contract with the airline Tuesday — have promised to honor TWU picket lines, and other unions have advised their members to stay off the job. Par. Am spokesman James A. Arey said the airline will originate 14 flights from airports in the United States today: two from San Francisco, three from Miami, eight from New York and one from Ixis Angeles. The only flight with both departure and arrival in the United .States is a New York to Ix>s Angeles trip. Pan Am usually runs 400 flights per day in the U.S. Travelers complained they had been stranded by the strike. “We didn’t know anything until we were standing there, baggage in hand, waiting to get off the plane (in Miami*,” said Abbie Endicott, who was returning home to Washington, D.C., from Santiago, Chile, with a stopover in Miami “They said sorry for the mcovenience, the airline is on strike ’” “They just stranded us in Orlandr (Fla said Rose Simon, who had been on a flight from New York to Miami. “We got some passengers together and hired a car to drive to Miami. And they sent my baggage to Tampa “ Forty night shift workers set up picket lines at Pan Am ticket counters and at other locations at Honolulu International Airport, said Ken Olaso, vice chairman of TWU’s Hawaii unit The picket lines are tieing set up right now. we don’t know if they will be honored,” Olaso said That’s the biggest question right now.” A Honolulu-to-San Francisco flight See STRIKE, Page 16 coming off a bad year.” Sewage disposal, he added, "is an area that will experience growth and the issues are to prepare fjr this so we can maintain that which we all love.” Sollberger said a city should be ever watchful of encroachment from surrounding cities. “Having seen some of the areas surrounded by the city and the problems that linger, (annexation) needs to be looked at,” he said. “As each finger goes out, take each at a time. The city needs to be able to improve services (in newly annexed areas) in the very near future” as long as the provision of services in outer areas doesn’t take away from See COUNCIL, Page 16 District 4 Gaskins follows Bluntzer as Democratic chairman District 3 George    Rolf Erben    Moore Edward Sciantarelli F. Darrell Sollberger I I SI ll KWK WAI I) I Mf HAI l> /{11 UNI.A reflection on me Melissa Farias checks her costume in a mirror    a traditional    Mexican    dance    at    Saturday's in the Civic Center dressing room as she    pageant,    which    starts    at 7:30 p.m.    in    the    Civic prepares to practice her talent for the annual    Center. Junior Miss pageant. Farias will be performing Virgil Gaskins is the new Comal County Democratic Chairman, replacing local lawyer Tom Bluntzer who resigned recently. Gaskins, who has been a precinct chairman and precinct election judge as well as a delegate lo the state Democratic conventions for many years, awaits confirmation from the state Democratic committee “The county’s exe ’olive committee accepted Bluntzer’s resignation in their meeting Feb. 21. He stated that he didn’t think he had the time to take care of it the way it needs to be,” Gaskins said. After his approval from the state committee, he plans to support the Democratic Club as much as possible and coordinate with the precinct chairman, keeping them aware of any changes, the new chairman said “Tlie Democratic Club has been working hard on increasing mem bership and has been an important asset to the party I plan to help them in their efforts all I can," Gaskins said “We have lost the majority in this county to tin* Republicans, and I hope to bring it back ” VIRGIL GASKINS . new Democratic chairmanInside Study— steady growth due for Utilities Water Watch Comal    246 cf* id8) Canyon indow    84?    chi    (down 1431 Canyon Dam outflow    800    cf* (aam*) Edward* Aquifer    824    22 (up 031 Canyon Lafe* l«v*(    903    68    (down OilToday's    Weath A IO parcent chance (rf rain will Increase to a 50 percent chance tonight and drop to a 20 percent chance Friday. Temperatures should reach the mid-OOs today CANYON LAKE __ 5 CLASSIFIED 13-18 COMICS__ _IO CROSSWORD 11 DEAR ABBY _JI DEATHS _IO HOROSCOPE_ 11 OPINIONS _ _4 SCRAPBOOK _• SPORTS_ _M STOCKS 10 TVLISTINGS_ 10 WEATHER    3 By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer New Braunfels Utilities can expect a “healthy growth rate” of over seven percent in its total kilowatt hour demand, and a slight shift in where that demand will come from by 1994 A power requirement study for 1985-1994 done by Thomas Engineering Co. was approved by Utilities trustees Thursday In taking the board through the study’s highlights, consultant Jerry Thomas said the results showed a “healthy growth rate” ahead for Utilities based on five- and ten-year projections. For example, the study projected the number (rf residential customers could increase from 11,631 rn 1904 to 17,094 in 1989 to 21,515 in 1994 The total number of customers, including residential, commercial and industrial, was projected to go from 13,828 in 1984 to 26,517 in 1994, or a 6.73 percent annual growth rate. The total kilowatt hour demand could, in turn, grow 9.5 percent in five years, and 7.1 percent by 1994 The study also showed 84 percent of present residential customers could drop to 81 percent rn IO years, while the commercial class of customers could grow from 11 32 percent to 13.06 percent Thomas also said the residential demand for new Utilities customers inside and outside of the present city limits will probably stay at about 50-50 for the next three to four years That demand could then start to shift to 38 percent inside and 62 percent outside the limits by 1989. ending up at 20 percent in and 80 percent out by 1994 Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said the power requirement study would give him a * baseline to project from” and allow more efficient capacity and demand plans. “’s approve it. get it published and make it available,” he said, adding the study could also prove to be an invaluable to city planners as well. The board also authorized an electrical rate analysis and cost-of-semce >>tudy Thursday. Tliomas will also do this study at an estimated coat of I)7,325. Sohn said an electric cost-of-study See UTILITIES, Page 16 ;